A Whanganui classic, for sure. An easy moderate, just a bit of oldschool chimney and off-width climbing to test your mettle. Climbs up behind the prominent free-standing pillar on Whekenui wall. Itís normally done in three pitches, but thatís only because of rope drag. The name comes from the pile of bones you find at the bottom of the chimney on the first pitch. Thereís a skull staring straight at you as you get ready to climb a runout chimney. Comforting. The story told to me went someth...[more]Browse More Classics in International
Not a destination by any stretch. Rock on north and south island is extremely LIMITED and mostly garden variety schists or really horrible limestone or something in between. If you are from the Rockies or anywhere other than alabama, NZ is not a cragging destination.
Your best bet for cragging is to visit bryce at wharepapa south and explore the area on a volcanic type rock filled with pockets and cool little crags.
Also beware that gear in NZ is at least triple what it is in the US, so if you want to try to sample the limited options take your kit with you. Or on second thought, go for a surf !
While New Zealand may not be a climbing destination per se, there is certainly enough rock to keep you occupied while you're here. If you enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, skiing, or just being outside in a gorgeous location, as well as climbing, this place is for you.
As far as climbing goes you'll have access to all types, from bouldering to alpine, within a day or two drive. For beta, climbnz.org.nz is probably the best resource on the web. Its not as easy to navigate as MP, but the site gets frequently updated with the latest route info. If you plan on spending time in a specific area do yourself a favor and buy the guide book. The friendly local climbers are very helpful, but with so few people in such a big country, you'll often find a crag, or beach, to yourself.